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Braves start second half against Mets

Posted By John Morgo On Jul 13 2012 @ 11:33 pm In Atlanta Braves | No Comments

As I’m typing this, it’s the bottom of the eighth of the Braves second half opener against the Mets. There has been ten walks issued by Mets pitching, so if it’s seem like the game has gone on forever, it’s because it has. Atlanta has a 7-5 lead over New York. It’s a team they haven’t done well against, so they really want the victory, especially with the Nats winning their game against Florida. The Braves want to stay at 4.5 in the East. But there is some news I can relate while I wait for this one to get over. (Make that 11 walks issued). Chipper Jones has gone 2-4 with a homer. That RBI places him second on the all-time list for most by a third baseman. He’s tied with Mike Schmidt and one behind George Brett. Think he’ll get it during this homestand? It’s a safe bet. Injuries continue to plague Atlanta. You’ve heard about Brandon Beachy, and Andrelton Simmons went down just before the Break. Now back-up shortstop Jack Wilson jammed his finger during a routine play and was taked out. Fredi didn’t have another shortstop. He was forced to move Martin Prado from left. It’s only the third time in his career Martin played short. Atlanta won’t be able to recall a shortstop from the minors until at least tomorrow. Tyler Pastornicky probably won’t get the call. He’s been practicing at second for Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves will be forced to make a trade for either a shortstop or more pitching. They may look to pry Zack Greinke loose. (They’ve reclaimed Ben Sheets, who hasn’t pitched in a few years. He’ll start Sunday.) Craig Kimbrel has come in to preserve the win and move their streak to five games. He did it. That’s getting things off on the right foot.

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